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GW dorm evacuated due to smoke

Students were evacuated from a George Washington University dormitory Saturday night after an elevator motor began emitting smoke, a campus spokeswoman said. She said no one was injured in the incident which occurred around 9:30 p.m. in a building...

By Terri Rupar  | September 11, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dry zone spreads in D.C. area

By Martin Weil Those autumn leaves, famed in song and story, have started to fall in the Washington area earlier than expected, according to a scientific report. Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor said it expanded its map of an abnormally dry...

By Martin Weil  | September 11, 2010; 2:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  autumn, D.C. metro weather, drought watch, National Weather Service  
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Oxon Hill man gets 37 years for carjacking

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for carjacking several cars in the Washington area.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Former Md. campaign treasurer indicted

The former campaign treasurer for Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $150,000 from the campaign account of the Prince George's Democrat, the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor announced Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tomatoes, Picasso and other blog posts

It's Friday and the D.C.-area blogosphere is filled with all sorts of fun posts and useful advice. Macheesmo's got what looks like a great pasta recipe to capture those last few summer tomatoes (love the photos!) and Frozen Tropics has...

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NASA to launch rocket from Virginia

NASA plans to launch a suborbital rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore next week to test new rocket technologies.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kennedy Center launches art Web site

The Kennedy Center plans to launch its new arts education Web site with a concert by the 1980s rock band They Might Be Giants, which is popular again with young audiences. The center announced the free Oct. 2 concert Wednesday....

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Standoff' turns out to be false alarm

A nearly five-hour barricade situation at a Hyattsville auto shop ended without incident Friday after police entered the building and found no one inside, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | September 10, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bieber's balloon attack on Md. troopers

Justin Bieber may have caused even more of a frenzy than we knew when the teen singing sensation performed at the Maryland State Fair last weekend, Celebritology reports.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Volunteers to spruce up National Mall

A nonprofit tourism industry group is bringing 300 volunteers to the National Mall for a second year to paint benches and make repairs as part of a Sept. 11 service initiative.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md., Va. warned about faulty propane

An Illinois-based gas distributor has warned officials in at least 12 states, including Maryland and Virginia, that some propane deliveries may have lacked enough of a chemical that gives a distinctive smell to the normally odorless gas, enabling homeowners to...

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Phillips Collection launches fund drive

The Phillips Collection is starting a micro-donation drive to fund repairs to its historic Phillips House, which was damaged in a fire last week. The campaign announced Thursday allows supporters to give either $5 or $10 by text message through...

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arundel executive facing new sex charges

New allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety have been leveled against Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Md. residents recovering from Legionella

Two residents of an assisted living facility who were hospitalized after contracting Legionnaires' disease are recovering and have not suffered complications from the bacterial infection.

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: A perfect 10

No, you're not dreaming. Yesterday was lovely and today -- well, today's going to be even better. At least that's what the Capital Weather Gang says. They've given today a perfect "10."

By Washington Post editors  | September 10, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Food & fashionistas: 5 D.C.-area blogs

Good afternoon. A day where it's tempting to go for a walk and never go back to the office. But alas, unless you've got the winning lotto ticket -- you probably have to head back in. Today we've got food...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Firefighters battle blaze in Md. park

Nearly 70 firefighters and park officials are working to contain a blaze in a wooded area of a western Maryland national park.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drought watch issued for D.C. region

A drought watch has been issued for the Washington metro region, and residents and businesses in the area are being asked to conserve water.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Giant snails seized at Dulles Airport

(photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border protection) During a busy Labor Day weekend at Washington Dulles International Airport, one package arriving from Ghana raised some eyebrows. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents say a traveler arriving from the...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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D.C. area tourists spending less

It's not your imagination: More tourists visited the D.C. area this summer. But according to the Federal Reserve’s monthly Beige Book, they're booking shorter stays and spending less, The Washington Business Journal reports. In its report, the Richmond Federal Reserve...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Audit to show mismanagement at VDOT

Virginia's transportation secretary is sounding an alarm about a damning report that's expected to bring major changes to the state's transportation agency, WTOP reports. Secretary Sean T. Connaughton says the results of a months-long audit will soon be announced, showing...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fenty camp again accused of vote-buying

In a piece posted by TBD Thursday morning, four young D.C. residents said they were offered jobs if they agreed to vote for incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins and Tim Craig  | September 9, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Post office honor for Dorothy Height?

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is expected Thursday to announce a plan to name a post office after civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, who died earlier this year at the age of 98. Norton wants the post office on...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No serious injuries in D.C. bus accident

A bus carrying children from the National Children's Center was involved in an accident Thursday morning at Chillum and Riggs Road in Northeast, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. teacher sued by pregnant student

A D.C. special education student charges in a federal lawsuit that a teacher at Shadd Transition Academy left her pregnant. Ayanna Blue, now 20, says she and the teacher, Robert Weismiller, has sex in his classroom and outside school grounds...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Woman charged in Adams Morgan crash

Police have charged a 22-year-old Mitchellville woman with driving while under the influence in connection with a Wednesday night crash that injured two female pedestrians in Adams Morgan.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FEMA to reimburse Metro for snow costs

Metro says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse it $1.76 million to cover snow removal costs from the February storms.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: The view from your desk

Good morning. If you want to add some cheer to what's shaping up to an already nice day -- grab a copy of The Washington Post's front page today (yes, you can get us in paper form as well) and...

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 Md. residents contract Legionella

Frederick County officials say two residents at an assisted living center have contracted Legionella, a bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 injured in Florida Ave. NW crash

Update,9:41 p.m.: Two women pedestrians were injured tonight in the Adams Morgan area of the District when a car struck them, authorities said. The car then struck a restaurant. One of the women was in potentially life-threatening condition after the...

By Eric Athas  | September 8, 2010; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Free Wi-Fi comes to the National Mall

Free wireless Internet access has been added to the National Mall in Washington. Officials said Wednesday the city has installed 220 free Wi-Fi hotspots that are accessible by any compatible computer or device.

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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"Suspicious death" of infant in Greenbelt

Greenbelt police are investigating what they have termed the “suspicious death” of a 3-month-old girl, authorities said Wednesday. The death was reported Friday in the 6000 block of Springhill Drive, said Officer Kelly Lawson, a spokeswoman for the department. She...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mission to China: 5 D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. If you haven't been outside since you signed on this morning, you just get out and enjoy the sunshine and low humidity. Today's batch of blog posts is a mix. We've got a bit of development, a bit...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Billionaire developer John Kluge dies

John W. Kluge, a self-made billionaire who became one of the leading entrepreneurs of his generation and a major benefactor of the Library of Congress and Columbia University, has died. Mr. Kluge said he accumulated more than 200 companies in...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. is 15th-most stressful city

Washington ranks as the 15th-most stressful city among the nation’s 50 largest metros in a stress ranking from Portfolio.com, the Washington Business Journal reports. Portfolio.com based its rankings on 10 factors it says could be measured objectively. Those factors include...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McDonnell unveils liquor sales plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell's staff unveiled a proposal Wednesday to nearly triple the number of establishments that sell hard liquor in the state -- to 1,000 -- though the majority of new licenses would go to establishments where Virginians can already buy beer and wine, such as grocery and convenience stores.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 8, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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HoCo man charged with killing ex-wife

Howard County police say they have charged a man with killing his ex-wife and setting her apartment on fire.

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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State board condemns MoCo school deal

The Maryland State Board of Education has condemned Montgomery County’s contract with a global textbook publisher to create and market its own name-brand curriculum, The Washington Examiner reports. The agreement “appears duplicative of state efforts, wasteful of resources, and further...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Loudoun votes for holiday displays

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to uphold a current policy that allows for unattended displays, including religious displays, to be placed on the public grounds of the county courthouse.

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Md. reports two heat-related deaths

Maryland has recorded two more heat-related deaths, bringing the total for the year to 28. State health officials say the victims were an adult Dorchester County resident with a serious medical condition and a senior citizen from Baltimore with heart...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police ID body found near Ocean City

Authorities say the body of a man found off the coast of Ocean City has been identified. Ocean City Police said Tuesday that the man is 22-year-old Melkis DelGado of Washington. DelGado had gone missing while swimming in the surf...

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Things to know today

Look smart at work today. Discuss everything from Virginia's proposed tax on liquor to Lady Gaga to the most stressful city in the U.S.

By Washington Post editors  | September 8, 2010; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Guns stolen from Kenwood home

A man forced his way into an occupied home Tuesday in a quiet section of Montgomery County and made off with four handguns, county police said. The robbery occurred just after noon in the Kenwood section on a street...

By Erica Johnston  | September 7, 2010; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Man barricades himself in NE

A man barricaded himself inside a Northeast Washington apartment Tuesday night in a building that is also on fire, D.C. police said. It was not immediately clear if the fire and the barricade situation were related. Police were called to...

By Erica Johnston  | September 7, 2010; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Firefighter seriously burned in house fire

A 26-year-old volunteer firefighter from Prince George’s County remained hospitalized Tuesday after being seriously burned in a house fire, authorities said. Patrick Ivey, of the Bowie fire department, was injured Saturday evening after his helmet was dislodged as he...

By Erica Johnston  | September 7, 2010; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bicyclist struck on 14th Street NW

A bicyclist collided with a car Tuesday evening in Northwest Washington and was taken to a hospital with injuries believed to be non-life threatening, D.C. police said. Authorities were called to the 1900 block of 14th Street about 6:30 p.m.,...

By Erica Johnston  | September 7, 2010; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Infant found unconscious dies

Update, 6:28 p.m.: D.C. police said the infant who was found unconscious Tuesday afternoon has been pronounced dead at a hospital. Preliminary reports say the 4-month-old child was coughing up formula while eating and fell unconscious, said Officer Paul Metcalf,...

By Erica Johnston  | September 7, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man charged with illegal gun sales

A Front Royal man has been charged with illegally selling guns without a license and selling firearms to convicted felons at a flea market.

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. changes ID policy after nun's death

Anita Kumar reports on the Virginia Politics blog that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles changed its policy Tuesday to disallow the federal government's I-766 employment authorization card from being used as a primary document to determine "proof of legal presence" in the United States.

By Anita Kumar  | September 7, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lessons from 'Seinfeld': 5 area blogs

Good afternoon. Turns out the Terrible Traffic Tuesday (otherwise known as the day after Labor Day) wasn't so bad after all. Still, it is indeed September. The last of the kids are returning to school and our summer vacation is...

By Lori Aratani  | September 7, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo shooting suspect turns himself in

Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda is operating under Code Blue status Tuesday morning following a shooting nearby, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pr. Geo's officer charged with assault

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was arrested over the weekend after allegedly threatening a tow truck driver with a gun, Fox 5 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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IBM uses idle computers to study bay

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By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. area wants heritage site designation

Colonial Williamsburg is seeking the designation of the Historic Triangle as a World Heritage Site. The historic area says it is partnering with Preservation Virginia and working with the National Park Service to seek the designation. The Historic Triangle is comprised of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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300 acres of sunflowers bloom in Harford

They are back and nearly at the peak of their pulchritude. Grab your cameras and set your sights on the fields of sunflowers lending their brilliant color to northern Harford County, The Baltimore Sun reports. The perky yellow blooms that...

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. woman nabs chicken wing title

The Black Widow of eating contests gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the national championship record in Buffalo on Sunday. "I'm so happy!" said Sonya Thomas, who ate 4.86 pounds of chicken wings to win the...

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va. teen ID'd in laser pointer incident

A Leesburg teenager has been arrested identified in connection with several lasering incidents in Loudoun County and at Dulles Airport, NBC 4 reports. On Aug. 27, Loudon County authorities were called to Landsdowne to investigate a report that several drivers...

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: School's in ... again

Good morning. After all the heat and humidity we've suffered through, this weekend was a Labor Day weekend to remember. Low humidity, temperatures in the 80's and on some days -- a slight breeze to boot. Ahhh. Well, holiday is...

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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27 horses killed in stable fire

At least 27 thoroughbred race horses died early Monday near West Virginia’s Charles Town Races after a fire broke out at a group of privately-owned stables, local and race officials said.

By Mike McPhate  | September 6, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Three dead in crash near Front Royal

Three Purcellville residents were killed and four others were injured in a single-car crash on Route 55 near Front Royal on Sunday afternoon.

By Mike McPhate  | September 6, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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3 shot in NE D.C.

Three people, including two teenagers, were shot Sunday evening in Northeast Washington, authorities said. One of the teenagers, who appeared to be about 14 or 15 years old, was believed to be seriously wounded in the incident, which occurred around...

By Erica Johnston  | September 5, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  
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U-Md. student robbed and assaulted

Police are looking for four suspects after a U-Md. student was robbed and assaulted early Sunday morning, WTOP reports. The student was on Hartwick Road at Princeton Ave. around 2:05 a.m. when he was approached by the four men and...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 5, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Md. boy rescued from pool later dies

Anne Arundel County police say a 2-year-old Pasadena boy rescued from a pool has died. Police say the boy was swimming Saturday morning in a pool at a home on Tick Neck Road and was rescued by a family member....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 5, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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